Starter Home - Affordable Housing DBH- Category 1 Winner - 2010

I entered the Department of Building and Housing Competition in 2010, to contribute to the social discussion to find solutions to the affordable housing challenge. Houses were to be 120sqm. Additionally I felt they needed to be expandable and as thermally efficient as practical, noting that it was the running costs of homes that over their life, made them unaffordable. 

This Starter Home Entry looks to create a simple, flexible and expandable housing solution suitable for first home buyers, retirees or others. A modern, open plan living room with glazed walls to capture heat, that is able to be stored in the thermal mass of the floor and redistributed throughout the house. The layout allows for flexibility of use, initially as a three bedroom home or a two bedroom home plus study, bathroom and ensuite.

A client from Greytown, then choose our winning design and we were pleased to complete this house shortly after. The aim was to create a home that was simple, architectural but familiar, that could provide a cost effective solution to this on-going challenge.

 Click HERE for a link to the 3D Model

Tony Koia's design uses a conventional plan which has been refined to give excellent living and bedroom spaces, together with a large north-facing verandah. This is a strong design and shows how a simple and complying affordable house can be a stylish and attractive home.

— Competition Judge